The Galactic Patrol

Saving the Universe from Boskone and Bugs

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    Macs suck - they really, really suck

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    Ok, prompted by this Russell Beattie post , I have to say that Macintosh computers really bite the big one.  They are awful.  I can’t begin to describe how bad they are. BHWaaahahahaha!  I just can’t keep a straight face...
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    WS-Eventing for Dummies

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    WS-Eventing is a standard that enables interoperable publish/subscribe systems. The spec itself is quite short and sweet – I recommend taking a look at it. As a tester, I’m quite pleased by the simplicity because it makes implementations easier...
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    How do I know I have four readers?

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    I recently asked the maintainers of http://blogs.gotdotnet.com if they kept access stats on my blog; I was curious if anyone actually read it.  They sent me to a web page with a ton of stats and charts; on one of those, it says that over the past...
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    Do you reload while you are brushing your teeth?

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    Just out of curiosity, how many people actually reload the toothbrush with toothpaste between doing the upper and lower teeth? How many think one load of paste is enough for both? (I admit I fall in the latter category.)
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    Tivo-like 'thumbs-up' for my aggregator?

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    I build my blogroll while reading blogs – that is, when I follow a link to an interesting blog entry, and it appears that the owner talks about stuff I’m interested in, I’ll subscribe to that blog. Now, sometimes I’m right, and...
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    How well do you know your Microsoft acronyms?

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    I made the following challenge over on Channel 9 – anyone care to take up the gauntlet? “That takes me back - when I started at Microsoft eight years ago, I worked in the Windows build lab. This was back when we were working on SUR, and...
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    The Bugatti Veyron - an incredible 250 MPH roadster

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    Wow, this car is incredible. Its price tag is a few orders of magnitude out of my league, but a man can dream, can’t he? http://auto.howstuffworks.com/bugatti.htm · A W-16 engine that can produce 1,001 horsepower · A top speed of 250...
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    WS-Eventing Part II: The Subscription Response

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    Before I talk about the optional elements on a WS-Eventing subscription, I’d like to quickly cover the response message you get back when your subscription request is accepted. Taking a Header Most of the stuff in the response message header...
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    should this blog be technical-only?

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    When my blog was on GotDotNet, I asked if I should limit myself to technical issues, or if I should discuss any old thing that interests me. (I’d prefer the latter.) The response I received was that non-technical posts are fine. Now that I’m...
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    WS-Eventing Part III: The Notification Message

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    Ok, now pay close attention; this part gets real complicated. The required elements of a notification message (that is, the shark-attack message sent to the subscriber) are as follows: … That’s right, there are no required elements....
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    Trucks should mount a wide-screen TV on the back

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    While I was in traffic this morning, I was pondering the fact that I really don’t like being stuck behind a truck or other large vehicle, in stop-and-go traffic. I realized that I really like to be able to see what’s coming up on the road...
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    Cancer still sucks

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    I’ve spent the last week over at my cousin Ben’s house. His pancreatic cancer has entered a new (and terminal) phase. It has been great to see the outpouring of support from his friends and family, but that doesn’t really make up for...
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    The real reason to get a tablet PC - TextTwist!

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    My wife recently needed a new laptop, so we splurged and got her a TabletPC. At first, I have to admit I was somewhat underwhelmed – it was a convertible model, and I noticed that she was always using it in laptop mode, not tablet mode. However...
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    old (and long) e-mail ramble about agent technology and other trivia

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    Peter’s response to my TiVo post for some reason reminded me of a rambling e-mail conversation I had several months ago; for your amusement I repeat it below.  Incidentally, mail threads like this are reason #128 why I like working at Microsoft...
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    PDC - Company Meeting - who needs it!?

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    I’m back from my week-long vacation in West Virginia.  I gotta tell you, the Northeast does autumn much, much better than the Northwest!  It was sunny, the leaves were changing color – reds and browns everywhere – it wasn’t...
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    I hate cancer

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    I’m not sure how useful it is to hate a genetic flaw – but I found out recently that my mom has cancer.  Earlier this year I found out that my cousin Ben does too.   It really leaves me breathless, and asking myself those...
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    I know why moths fly toward light...

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    You see, back in the age of the mighty civilization of the dinosaurs, they had begun experimenting with genetic engineering. One of their earlier attempts was to introduce glow-in-the-dark leaves on trees. This provided illumination at night, and was...
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    who is Bipin?

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    I was just doing some ego-surfing on technorati, and I ran across a link to http://bipinv.blogspot.com/ . Looking there, I don’t actually see any links to my blog, but I do notice several of my blog entries have been copied verbatim into that site...
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    Software Testing on Mars

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    Here is an interesting summary of the problem encountered by the Spirit probe on Mars. Important test lessons: “ test real-world conditions ” “ run long-haul stress tests ” “SYSTEM BEHAVIOR: Spirit began acting up last week...
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    Welcome to the world, Lucy!

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    On Wednesday, my wife gave birth to a darling baby girl – Lucille Alsdorf Williams. What can I say – she is just perfect. Words cannot describe my joy when I hold her. There are some pictures up at http://www.lucille-alsdorf-williams.com
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    "The Right Society" censorship?

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    At home I am pretty steeped in a Democratic culture; my wife is a staunch Democrat, as are her parents and mine. I consider myself an independent, so to balance myself out I follow a couple of Republican blogs. Recently I ran across a post complaining...
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    Home Theater - wow!

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    I just ran across this magnificent home theater setup . (Found via Furrygoat .)
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    Atom RSS?

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    As a sideline follower of the development of the Atom syndication format and API, I was at first taken aback; then amused; by this phrase I saw on John Porcano’s blog : “By the way, he added Atom RSS” Has “RSS” really become...
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    There are only two kinds of developer...

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    Mark Pilgrim explains how there are only two kinds of developer: assholes and morons.
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    this blog is moving to http://galactic-patrol.blogspot.com

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    I find that (a) I don’t tend to write very many technical entries on this blog (which offends some readers), and (b) I feel constrained about posting on possibly-controversial topics, like politics or religion. Not that my thoughts are * that *...
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